Music Journalist and World Music Programmer Xabier Rekalde Dies at 55

Madrid, Spain – One of Spain’s best known music journalists, Xabier
Rekalde died in a car accident in Guadalajara (Spain) on May 4th. He was born Patxi Xabier Ayuso Maeso in Bilbao in 1951, although he was better
known as Xabier Rekalde. He was a writer, poet and cinematographer, but he
became better known as a journalists. He was one of the leading music critics in
Spain, writing about jazz, folk, African and Middle Eastern music in some of
Madrid’s leading publications. He also worked for several world music festivals,
in charge of music programming, and produced world music compilations.